Border Collie Information and Facts

Here is the Border Collie information about the facts, temperament, characteristics, care, training with pictures. The Border Collie dog breed was developed to gather and control sheep in the hilly border country between Scotland and England. Border Collie is a dog with unlimited energy, stamina, and working drive, all of which make him a premier herding dog. The Border Collie is highly trainable and intelligent that also excels in various canine sports, including obedience, flyball, agility, tracking, and flying disc competitions.
Border Collie

Border Collie Body

The males Border Collie stand 19 to 22 inches tall and weigh 35 to 45 pounds. The females Border Collie stand 18 to 21 inches and weigh 30 to 40 pounds.

Border Collie Description

The Border Collie is a medium sized, energetic working dog. Its body is slightly longer than it is tall. The relatively flat skull is moderate in width. The skull and muzzle are about the same length, with a moderate stop. The strong teeth meet in a scissors bite. The oval eyes are set well apart and brown in color, except in merles where one or both eyes may be blue. The medium sized ears are set well apart, either carried erect or semi-erect.

Border Collie Coat

The Border Collie breed boasts two varieties of coat: rough and smooth. Both are double coats, with a coarser outer coat and soft undercoat. The rough variety is medium length with feathering on the legs, chest, and belly. The Border Collie may have any color coat, including solid, bicolor, tricolor, merle (lighter coat with speckled patches), or sable (light undercoat with black-tipped hairs), but white should not be predominant. The most common color combination is black with white markings.
Border Collie Temperament

Border Collie Temperament

The Border Collie is very intelligent and aware of its surroundings. It is able to be trained to a high degree. This is one of the hardest working dogs thriving on praise. Border Collies are represented among the leaders in competitive levels in various sports, excelling in agility skills, obedience, sheepdog trials and Frisbee™. The Border Collie gets along quite well with other pets and children, provided it has plenty of activity to keep it occupied. Border Collies should be socialized with small, non-canine pets when young to overcome the prey instinct. They may snap, especially as adolescents.

Border Collie Characteristics

Intelligent, determined and brave, the Border Collie forms a close bond with its family and is also eager to work. Border Collies are exceptionally energetic, loving, and likeable.
Border Collie Pups

Border Collie Care

Border Collies can often be allergic to fleas and as a result, proper care of its coat and skin is paramount. Regular brushing will not only keep the coat is tip top condition, but will also give you the chance to look for signs of flea infestation. Do not over shampoo and only use when necessary. As mentioned previously, it is imperative this breed is provided with enough and suitable exercise and mental stimulation because, ultimately a bored Border Collie will not make a good pet.

Border Collie Health

Border Collies are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Border Collies will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.

  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Allergies
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Epilepsy
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Hip Dysplasia

Border Collie Pictures

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Border Collie Training

The Border Collie’s tremendous intelligence and desire to please make training fairly simple. Border Collies are sensitive and live for their master’s praise. They are very obedient and agile, able to be taught a great variety of tricks. They are eager to learn and play sports and games.